Last Fall I was overwhelmed with work stress. Not because work had suddenly become difficult but because I felt chained to the computer, like I was missing life. I took a rare day off to visit Joy's Shop the Shed sale and when I mentioned this feeling of being overwhelmed to her, she suggested that I try out a smartphone. I hadn't owned a cell phone for several years so, as you can imagine, I was pretty stunned at the technology and overwhelmed with the choices.
I was concerned that if I had a computer with me at all times, it might intrude on my time. In fact, when I first got my phone my daughter said, "Great, now you'll be a work-all-the-time mom". But I was determined to not let that happen!
At a time when businesses all around us are downsizing, it seemed crazy to buy an expensive phone that was going to create another monthly bill. It was a difficult decision but one that I'm so glad I made! All of a sudden I really can get more done in less time. I use my phone more as a computer than a phone. I can answer email from anywhere (oh the joy of 4G!), leave comments on blogs, review drafts of our magazine ads, take a picture while I'm shopping the flea market and email it off to a prospective client. There's even a photoshop application. My cell phone is becoming a valuable business asset but the best thing it has done for my business is that it allows me to do nearly everything on the go. It's a pocket-sized computer! Who would've thought that technology would be a junkers dream?!
So here's what I want to know... Have you downsized (from a computer to a smartphone)? And if so, how does your smartphone enhance your business?
Posted by: Polly ~ Counting Your Blessings